~~February 12, 2021~~
FURY AND FAITH
I keep finding more and more evidence of the immense talent that is encompassed in the tiny body of this amazing young poet.
The voice of her generation … a loud voice with quite a message!!
“We cannot stand up to police if we cannot cease policing our own imagination, convincing our communities that this won’t work, before the work has even begun,” the 22-year-old said in her poem, “Fury and Faith“.
Amanda Gorman Delivered An Achingly Moving Poem In Response To BLM Protests Over The Summer
Before she mesmerized the nation during the presidential inauguration on Wednesday, poet Amanda Gorman delivered another captivating performance during the summer, sending words of encouragement to protesters of racial injustice.
In the poem “Fury and Faith” uploaded to YouTube in August, Gorman encouraged the protesters to keep going despite constant criticism from those who oppose the demonstrations.
“You will be told that this is not a problem, not your problem,” the Los Angeles poet said in her poem. “You will be told that now is not the time for change to begin, told that we cannot win. But the point of protest isn’t winning. It’s holding fast to the promise of freedom even when fast victory is not promised.”
“We cannot stand up to police if we cannot cease policing our own imagination, convincing our communities that this won’t work, before the work has even begun – that this can wait when we’ve already waited out a thousand sons,” the 22-year-old said.
~~Published August 16, 2020~~
Amanda Gorman read her poem ‘Fury and Faith‘ for a perfomance on equality, social justice and love called “Brotherhood/Sisterhood” at the Bach Virtuosi Festival’s Virtual Virtuosi on August 16, 2020. This is the full version of her poem.
Amanda Gorman, a graduate of Harvard University, was the Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the United States.
You can read more about her at her website: http://www.theamandagorman.com.
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